The entertainment value of millions of health insurance policy cancellation letters is very great. There is noting quite so entertaining politically as a politician trying to spin his way out of a looming electoral disaster.
Congressman Sander Levin of Michigan has explained to Americans who have received or will soon receive cancellation letters from their insurance companies that these letters are not in fact cancellation notices. They are transition notices. He even refers to these cancellation letters as “so-called cancellation notices.”
Congressman Levin is echoing an insurance spokesman from Florida who has also re-named the cancellation notices.
This is evidence of panic among Democrats. When a politician seeks to soften people’s anger by re-naming the cause of their anger, we can be sure than the politician is trying to spin his way out of a defeat at the next election.
We have heard this before. Two decades ago, glitches in software programs were sometimes dismissed by the companies that released the software as “features, not bugs.” This re-definition supposedly justified the bug, because it was deliberately added by programmers as a benefit.
Whenever some desperate executive at a software firm sent down a memo to the customer service staff, instructing them to offer this response, it was clear evidence that the company had a major problem on its hands. Its competitors knew that the company was in trouble. So, Congressman Levin has made it clear to Republicans that the cancellation letters are going to be a juicy campaign issue in November 2014.
Every health insurance cancellation letter is a probable cancellation letter for the Democrats running for office in 2014. It is a letter that says “vote Republican.” Calling it a transition letter does no good. It would then mean “transition of the U.S. Senate into a Republican majority.”